Forklift Repair and Maintenance Services Information

ForkliftForklift repair and forklift maintenance services provide repair, overhaul, inspection, and maintenance of forklift and other lifting equipment such as pallet trucks or hand trucks. Forklifts and lift trucks are used to move bulk materials and are common equipment for warehouses, shipping docks, ports, and construction companies. These vehicles are expensive capital investments, making forklift repair and forklift maintenance services invaluable to the smooth running for many industrial and commercial operations.


Companies that have large fleets of forklifts may train their own employees to provide forklift repair and forklift maintenance services. Mechanics or service engineers rely on good documentation such as repair manuals, online instructions, or CDs from the forklift’s original equipment manufacturer. With a good repair manual and the right set of tools, simple forklift repair and forklift maintenance services can be accomplished onsite by trained personnel. If the problems are more than minor or require specialized skills, companies typically call upon dealers or suppliers for assistance. Qualified service centers offer a variety of forklift repair and forklift maintenance services, including conducting diagnostic testing and selling spare parts. Some repair centers also offer emergency 24-hour service and guarantee quick response times.


Forklift repair and forklift maintenance services diagnose and fix problems with:

  • fuel and emission systems
  • power systems
  • hydraulics
  • brakes
  • transmissions
  • diesel engines

Other areas that may need repair include lights, horns or alarms, tires and axles, fluid levels, gauges and instruments, the forklift body or carriage, and attachments. Forklift attachments can include a variety of devices such as sideshifters, which allows the operator to move the forks laterally; rotators, which rotate the forks to handle materials that have been tilted; roll and barrel clamps; drum handlers; and a basket, which is designed for hoisting workers. Forklifts that are electrically powered may also need to repair batteries or fuel cells. Most companies offering forklift repair and forklift maintenance services will conduct repairs during off hours or on weekends to minimize the disruption caused by the machine being out of service. Repair centers may also offer forklift rentals to replace equipment that is being repaired or in for routine maintenance.

Forklift repair and forklift maintenance services may offer maintenance contracts that vary by the type and frequency of service. For example, a regular maintenance contract may include services like an inspection, oil change, lubrication, monitoring, and routine adjustments. Preventive maintenance provides periodic service intended to prevent equipment breakdowns and may include the cost of spare parts and labor. Companies can purchase a full service contract, typically for a monthly fee, that covers the forklift for a set term. However, most of these contracts usually exclude damages incurred during an accident.

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